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Diamonds are Forever: Extraction, Subsistence, and the Northern Mixed Economy lecture by Rebecca Hall

Rebecca HallDiamonds are Forever: Extraction, Subsistence, and the Northern Mixed Economy

Canadian diamonds, mined primarily in the Northwest Territories, have come to represent the “ethical” alternative to the so-called “blood diamonds” of elsewhere. In particular, the industry has been lauded for its commitment to consulting Indigenous communities, and contracting Indigenous businesses and workers.

The diamond mines were established in the context of the northern mixed economy, which combines Indigenous and settler governance structures, and modes of production. Drawing on her fieldwork in the Yellowknife region, Dr. Hall will discuss the impact the diamond mines have had on the complex social relations that make up the mixed economy, women’s experiences of the diamond mines, and demonstrates that the romance and purity ascribed to Canadian diamonds runs counter to the colonial continuities evident in this new northern extractive regime.

Please join us on Monday October 16, 2017 in Dunning Hall, Room 11 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Assistant Professor Tenure Track Position in The Political Economy of Extraction and Development (Applications due 15Sept2017)

​The Department of Global Development Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invites applications for a Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of The Political Economy of Extraction and Development, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2018.

The successful applicant would examine extractivism and emerging technologies in areas such as mining, agriculture, energy, forestry or fisheries with a key focus on the differential impacts upon community, ecology, health and sustainable livelihoods. We seek an innovative researcher and educator interested in exploring global/local levels of scholarly and experiential engagement. The geographic focus of research is open, but applicants with an interest in Latin American and/or indigenous peoples are preferred. DEVS is enriched intellectually, socially and culturally by the presence and participation of people from diverse educational backgrounds, including from the Global South.

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including the ability to teach two or more of our core courses.  S/he will be expected to work collaboratively with other members of the department in the area of curriculum design.  The successful candidate will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research moving beyond the dissertation and leading to peer assessed publications.  Methodological innovation and comfort with current and emergent teaching technologies are considered assets. Candidates must provide evidence of strong communicative and interpersonal skills, combined with a flexible attitude and ability to work in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. The successful candidate will be required to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship, however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

A complete application consists of:

  • a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);
  • a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
  • a statement of research interests;
  • a teaching dossier or a  statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available); and,
  • a sample of academic writing

Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide three letters of reference.

The deadline for applications is September 15, 2017.

Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application package electronically (either as PDFs or MS Word files) to Barbra Brousseau at, although hard copy applications may be submitted to:

Dr. Marc Epprecht, Department Head
The Department of Global Development Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall B401
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario CANADA K7L 3N6

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs.  If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Barbra Brousseau in the Department of Global Development Studies, at 613-533-6000 x77210;

Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted at and at

Congratulations to Noelle Bauman for successfully defending DEVS MA thesis.

Noelle BaumannDEVS MA Student Successfully Defends MA Thesis

Congratulations to Noelle Bauman for successfully defending her thesis entitled "Stories of ‘Born-Again’ Women in Uganda: Epistemic Violence, Visceral Faith, and Subversive Performances of Subjectivity" on Wednesday August 30, 2017.

Thank you to committee members:  Dr. Michael Doxtater (Chair), Dr. Villia Jefremovas (Supervisor), Dr. Allison Goebel (External Examiner), and Dr. Marc Epprecht (Internal Examiner).


Congratulations to Laura Myers for successfully defending DEVS MA thesis.

Laura MyersDEVS MA Student Successfully Defends MA Thesis

Congratulations to Laura Myers for successfully defending her thesis entitled "When You Change the Life of a Woman, You Change a Nation": Analyzing the Experiences of Indigenous Women's Organizations and Organizers in Canada on Monday August 28, 2017.

Thank you to committee members:  Dr. Marc Epprecht (Chair), Dr. Villia Jefremovas (Supervisor), Janice Hill (External Examiner), and Professor Robert Lovelace (Internal Examiner).


Marc Epprecht Talk and Book Launch at Alan Paton Centre at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa

Marc Epprecht at the Alan Paton Centre Book Launch

The Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, hosted Professor Marc Epprecht for a Talk and Book Launch this June for his new book, Welcome to Greater Edendale: Environment, Health, and the History of Development in an African City (MQUP, Nov. 2016). From left to right in the photo are Professor Philip Denis (University of Kwazulu-Natal), Nazim Gani (Alan Paton Center), Professor Marc Epprecht (Queen's) and Gracia Nokiwane (Sinomlando).  

For more information on Professor Epprecht's book please see:    

For more information on the Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives please see:







Thohahoken Michael Doxtater announced as the Queen's National Scholar in Indigenous Studies: Land- and Language-Based Pedagogies and Practices

Micheal DoxtaterThe Departments of Global Development Studies and Languages, Literatures, and Culture are happy to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Doxtater as the Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) in Indigenous Studies: Land- and Language-Based Pedagogies and Practices.

Dr. Doxtater is an award-winning documentarian and scholar of international stature. A member of the Haudenosaunee Nation, and fluent in Kanyen'keha (Mohawk), Dr. Doxtater has both a deeply-rooted understanding of traditional oral knowledge and a clearly articulated vision for the future of lndigenous Studies at Queen's. Involved in grassroots organizing around environmental protection, he is highly regarded as an art practitioner, community activist, educator, strategic planner, and administrator. He possesses extensive professional and scholarly experience in addition to his status as a healer and mediator within his own communities.


The university's reputation is part of what attracted Dr. Doxtater to Queen’s.

“When I opened the email and saw it was a posting at Queen's University...It's one of those universities that has a certain place in the higher learning sphere. It is a first-class university,” he says.

His ambition is to develop a Centre of Excellence Dedicated to Aboriginal Recovery (CEDAR) that would place Queen's at the forefront in the growing field of applied, land-based pedagogies.

“Having Queen's be the platform for this initiative makes sense because of the pilot project’s orientation, which is working with the Iroquois community,” he adds. “With their traditional territory stretching from the Montréal area to the Six Nations territory in southern Ontario, we are geographically in the middle.”

In his free time, Dr. Doxtater stays in shape through visits to the gym, daily runs, and Wasáse – a type of tai chi based on Native dance forms. He is working on selling a screenplay he wrote, and plays guitar.

The QNS program was established in 1985. Since then, more than 100 QNS appointments have been made in a wide variety of disciplines, and the appellation of Queen’s National Scholar has become synonymous with academic excellence.

To learn more about the Queen's National Scholar program, click here.


Devoneish Aransevia awarded the Robert Sutherland Prize at convocation

The Robert Sutherland Prize is presented annually to a graduating and self-defined student of colour who has shown leadership and initiative at Queen's University, most specifically in the area of anti-racism and anti-oppression in the aim of crating a more inclusive campus climate.

This year's recipient of the Robert Sutherland Prizes was awarded to Dev Aransevia.  Dev is a Global Development Studies graduate in the Class of 2017.

As a co-chair of the Principal's Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity and Inclusion (PICRDI), Dev has worked tirelessly to examine the complex and sensitive issue of racism at Queen's.  In every one of the 2-3 weekly meetings, Dev presented a zeal for positive change on campus and went above and beyond the call of duty, meeting with administration, student leaders, and students alike to help assemble a plan to make Queen's more inclusive.

Dev's commitment to anti-oppression work reaches beyond PICRDI as well.  As a member of the Queen's Black Academic Society and the African Caribbean Student Association, she has been an active part of discussions around every day and systemic barriers against Queen's students of colour, particularly in the context of black students and black academic success.  She has done all of this, with unwavering perseverance, while also acting as the Head Manger at Studio Q, volunteering at the Vogue Charity Fashion Show, and being a student.

Dev has showcased exactly the skills and qualities that a Robert Sutherland Prize recipient does and we are honoured to present this award to her as a token of our appreciation to her steadfast commitment to making Queen's University a better place.






Laura Myers (DEVS MA Candidate) won the CASID Institutional Membership Prize

Laura MyersLaura Myers, DEVS MA Candidate won the CASID Institutional Membership Prize, which is awarded annually to the best original essay by a student in the area of international development studies.

The Prize includes $1,000 cash and consideration of the essay in the regular editorial process of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies (CJDS). 

Laura presented her paper entitled "Liberal Multiculturalism and Its Effects on Indigenous Peoples" on Friday June 2, 2017 as part of the Colonizing and Decolonizing Development in Canada and Abroad session.

Dr. Marc Epprecht presenting at the Canadian Assocation of African Studies Conference at Ryerson University

2017 Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) Annual Conference

Friday June 2, 13:30-15:00 | Room: TRSM 3-129, Ryerson University

Panel:  Changing Environments, Gender, and Sexuality

Presenter/Chair:  Marc Epprecht, Queen’s University

Title:  Sexual rights = environmental rights: an emerging strategy for African lgbtiq


Great progress around the world has been made to achieve protection for people from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) since activists first coined the slogan “gay rights are human rights,” notwithstanding continuing setbacks and brutalities against lgbtiq people. Even the concept of “gay rights” now strikes many as anachronistic and unhelpful. Among African activists today, a wide consensus holds that struggles for SOGIE rights must be embedded in more general human rights struggles, notably, for gender equality, for basic economic, health and food security, or against states’ anti-democratic tendencies like corruption and authoritarian rule. Green or environmental issues are also beginning to be acknowledged as a strategic option to empower sexual minorities. In this paper, I would like to explore the potential for SOGIE rights activists to incorporate a green, even “de-growth” perspective into their work, hence to position themselves to play a leadership role in a movement that could bring benefits to the majority population in tandem with the expansion of economic opportunities and human rights for sexual minorities.




Dr. David McDonald participates in Congress 2017 of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Ryerson University

Dr. David McDonald will participate in the Socialist Studies Society panel:  "GOING PUBLIC:  EMERGING ALTERNATIVES TO PRIVATIZATION IN CANADA" at the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences hosted by Ryerson University on Friday June 2nd.  Dr. McDonald's presentation is entitled "Building a Pro-Public Movement in Canada”.